Coleman announces St. Paul boycott of Arizona
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman ordered city staff to avoid Arizona following the passage of a law targeting immigrants for criminal prosecution in that state. SB1070 was signed into law last week and directs police to stop people suspected of being in the country illegally for proof of citizenship. Coleman said St. Paul joins a boycott by several other cities and that the bill is contrary to the values of Americans.
“This law sets a dangerous example for the rest of the country. It will create a culture where racial profiling is acceptable, and will create a dangerous wedge between police officers and the communities they serve,” said Coleman. “We are a country of immigrants — and SB 1070 is an affront to our constitution and the values we hold dear as Americans. It’s not worthy of who we are as a people — and it’s certainly not worthy of the investment of any city dollars being spent in Arizona.”